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The Porcelain Thief - Searching the Middle Kingdom for Buried China

Huan Hsu

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A journalist travels throughout mainland China and Taiwan in search of his family's hidden treasure and comes to understand his ancestry as he never has before. In 1938, when the Japanese arrived in Huan Hsu's great-great-grandfather Liu's Yangtze River hometown of Xingang, Liu was forced to bury his valuables, including a vast collection of prized antique porcelain, and undertake a decades-long trek that would splinter the family over thousands of miles. Many years and upheavals later, Hsu, raised in Salt Lake City and armed only with curiosity, moves to China to work in his uncle's semiconductor chip business. Once there, a conversation with his grandmother, his last living link to dynastic China, ignites a desire to learn more about not only his lost ancestral heirlooms but also porcelain itself. Mastering the language enough to venture into the countryside, Hsu sets out to separate the layers of fact and fiction that have obscured both China and his heritage and finally complete his family's long march back home. Melding memoir, travelogue, and social and political history, The Porcelain Thief offers an intimate and unforgettable way to understand the complicated events that have defined China over the past two hundred years and provides a revealing, lively perspective on contemporary Chinese society from the point of view of a Chinese American coming to terms with his hyphenated identity. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Length:

11h 35m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:11


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:09


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:01


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:19


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:16


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:51


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:33


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:50


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:18


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:02


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:12


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:24


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:24


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:35


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:24


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:52


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:14


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:35


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:41


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:16


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:53


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:21


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:29


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:07


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:56


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:59


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:38


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:10


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:58


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:54


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:09


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:33


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:14


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:27


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:59


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

09:13


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:19


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:47


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:49


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

09:07


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:49


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:21


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:24


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:58


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:10


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:40


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:22


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:34


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:31


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:32


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:58


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:30


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:53


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:02


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:58


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:57


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:47


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:34


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:17


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:07


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:14


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:27


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:08


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:24


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:54


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:06


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:29


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:34


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:21


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:18


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:01


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:33


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:50


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:46


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

08:02


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:01


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:50


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:01


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

09:14


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:35


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:39


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:09


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:24


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

02:40


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

08:02


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:03


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:18


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:57


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

09:02


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

01:35


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:28


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

09:03


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:38


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

08:40


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

08:40


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:16


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

08:31


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

08:26


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:11


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

02:01


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:49


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

00:29